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“Mona Lisa effect“ is real, but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting
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Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa‘s gaze was directed at. (credit: CITEC/ Bielefeld University) There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting—sometimes seem to […]

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CES 2019: Omron HeartGuide blood pressure watch is for real     – CNET
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Detecting a sneaky heart condition could get a little easier with this watch: Just lift your arm and push a button.

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Tesla vs. Jaguar: The First Real Electric Car Track Shootout
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I’m a longtime Jaguar fan. I’ve owned a ton of them over the years, and I’ve had both good and bad experiences with the cars. Currently I own two — a 1970 XKE and a 2014 F-Type — and they are about to get a sibling. I’ve ordered a new Jaguar I-Pace, which is the […]

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Shopify map shows our Black Friday spending in real time     – CNET
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Canadian e-commerce company makes consumerism look cool.

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They’re making a real HAL 9000, and it’s called CASE
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Don’t panic! Life imitates art, to be sure, but hopefully the researchers in charge of the Cognitive Architecture for Space Exploration, or CASE, have taken the right lessons from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and their AI won’t kill us all and/or expose us to alien artifacts so we enter a state of cosmic nirvana. (I […]

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SLS contractor gets real, says program needs to focus on “affordability”
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Enlarge / STS-91 Mission Commander Charles J. Precourt now works for Northrop Grumman. (credit: NASA) Annually, NASA spends nearly $4 billion on development of its “exploration” hardware, including the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, the launch pad, and related facilities. This is a large amount of money, comprising nearly half of the space agency’s […]

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Google Maps' 'Follow' button gives you updates from real places
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Google has launched a number of new features for Maps over the last few months. Now, it's rolling out a "Follow" function for locations, which will give you updates on events and offers from your favorite stores and restaurants. And it'll tell you ab…

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Honor of Kings will need you to play with your real name in China     – CNET
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This comes as China plans on tackling gaming addiction over rising levels of myopia.

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Tesla's Model 3 Performance gets some real track time     – Roadshow
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The crew over at Road & Track managed to convince Tesla to let them have a day of lapping out at Lime Rock Park and we’re a little jealous.

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